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FIFA ranking: More misery for Nigeria

Nigerian national football team poses during the African Cup of Nations qualification match on March 25, 2016 in Kaduna.

The senior national team, the Super Eagles have dropped to 67th position in the latest Fifa world ranking released on Thursday.

This is a direct consequence of the Super Eagles’ inability to defeat Egypt in two Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Kaduna and Alexandria – and in the process lost the ticket to feature at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations billed for Gabon.

The Super Eagles slipped five places to be ranked 14th best African side behind Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Cape Verde, Tunisia, Congo DR, Guinea, Congo, Cameroon, Morocco and Mali.

Meanwhile, Algeria remain at the summit of African football after moving four places to the 33rd position in the world while second-placed Cote d’Ivoire climbed two places to 34th and Egypt zoomed nine places up to 44th in the world but are fifth in Africa.

Argentina leapfrogged over Belgium to take the top spot in the world ranking as South American champions Chile stay third in the world.

The two most outstanding performers for April hail from the African continent. Guinea-Bissau (up 45) have climbed the most positions by rank, while Morocco (131 points) enjoy the biggest move by virtue of points.

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